Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: Ask the Passengers

Title Ask the Passengers

Author A.S. King

Release Date October 23, 2012

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.

In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13069935-ask-the-passengers
Review

Ask the Passengers is a typical coming of age novel. Astrid's a teenage girl with a mom that's too busy to pay attention to a daughter she can't mold her own way, a dad that's there but still pretty absent, a sister that only seems to care about herself, and friends that pressure her to do things she doesn't want to do. Unfortunately, it didn't bring a whole lot to the table that others books don't.

I did like King's writing. The story was fast-paced and flowed nicely. I did like that Astrid sent her love to the passengers of planes because she felt like she didn't need it where she was and it needed to go somewhere. It was a unique idea and felt pretty special to Astrid as a character.

It didn't make much sense to me that Astrid was questioning her sexuality. See, I feel like if Astrid wasn't sure whether or not she was gay, she would have done a little bit more experimenting or something. I don't feel like Astrid was questioning at all. I believe she knew the entire time that she was gay, but she didn't want to admit it. That's completely understandable, but I don't think King should have tried to pass it off as her questioning herself. It felt fake. Another thing I didn't enjoy was the little parts at the end of some chapters where you get the insight of a person on one of the planes that Astrid was sending her love to. I don't think it added anything to the story and the first one confused me and I wasn't really sure what was going on. Since it really didn't add anything to the story, I think it should have been left out all together.

Overall, Ask the Passengers was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. I wouldn't recommend it one way or the other, though.

Rating

3 out of 5 stars

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